John 19:30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
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1. (of a task or activity) brought to an end; completed.
'a preparatory drawing for the finished painting'
2. (of a person's work) expert or accomplished.
Jesus accomplished what He set out to do. It was accomplished and completed. The cross was a perfect work.
The English language is not exhaustive enough to define this word 'finished'.
It's only in the greek we understand its signifficance; the word here is 'Teletesia.'
And this is in what's known as the perfect tense.
That means in effect that when Jesus cried out ' it is finished, 'He meant it was finished past tense, present tense, and future tense.
Wow that truly is finished, completed, dealt with.
My past, the present, and the future is taken care of at the cross. What a perfect work the cross was.
Sometimes we are fighting battles that have already been won. Sometimes we live in slavery even though we have the right to be free.
In America, in 1863 or so, 3 million plus slaves were legally freed from slavery (emancipation proclamation).
But even though legally they were fre,e experientally many many continued to live in slavery.
Some couldn't read, therefore were lied to and kept in captivity. Others didn't know where or how to find work or where to go so stayed the same.
As Christians, as those freed from the power of sin through Christ's Death on the cross.
We need to live in the freedom that was bought for us. We need to live in the finished work of the cross.
Finished past tense, present tense, and future tense.
Sometimes we cry out 'Jesus help me'.
And He does, but you know He has done all He is going to do. At the cross it is finished: past tense, present tense, and future tense.
We have to do our part; that is walk out of slavery and walk in the freedom of 'it is finished' in our lives.
Are you free?
On sunday we changed the words of the song no longer a slave to fear. We changed the words to:
'I'm no longer a slave to beer.'
It could easily also be:
'I'm no longer a slave to gear'
Whatever you have been or are a slave to let it be finished through the work of the cross.
Father, thank You for the work of the cross. Thank You it is well and truly finished. I choose to walk in the truth of that right now. Thank You for true freedom today in Jesus' name, Amen.